The claim is one of four pillars of the abuse-of-process argument that Meng will mount in hearings before British Columbia Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes that are expected to stretch into May — and that will be closely watched in Beijing, Washington and Ottawa.
Canada arrested Meng in Vancouver in 2018 at the behest of U.S. officials. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that she misled banks about Huawei’s relationship with a subsidiary, Skycom, effectively tricking them into violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.
Meng, 49, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, denies any wrongdoing. Her arrest has landed Canada squarely in the middle of a geopolitical standoff between Canada and the United States.